Georgia Football: 4 Players Who Need to Turn It Around in Spring Practice
G-Day is one week away, and despite having more practices after the spring game, this is the week that players need to turn it up a notch.
For the most part, the Georgia Bulldogs have looked solid, especially Todd Gurley and Hutson Mason. Even players like Tray Matthews and Ramik Wilson have had good spring practices.
But there are a few players that have gotten off to a slow start. They have to find a way to finish strong so they can impress the coaches before they conclude spring practice and get ready to hit the field again in August.
Here are four players that need to turn things around this spring.
The one thing that has to be mentioned is that Ray Drew had a strong showing in the second scrimmage Saturday, tallying three tackles and one sack. But before that, he was lining up with the second-team defense, according to Cody Pace of The Red and Black, which is somewhat shocking because he had six sacks last season.
Regardless, the coaches feel that Drew is more effective as a defensive tackle in the 4-3 scheme, which is one of the reasons why he has moved down on the depth chart. But with the strong showing at the scrimmage Saturday, he could make his way to the first team sooner rather than later.
Tramel Terry played wide receiver last year as a freshman, but he was redshirted and moved to safety when Gator Bowl practice began.
It has not been easy for Terry, because he is not on the first team and is barely cracking the second team, according to Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph.
The problem for Terry is that he did not play the position a lot in high school. The coaches asked him to move because they felt that it could be the best thing for him after coming off knee surgery.
Even with spring practice close to winding down, Terry will still be raw. If he continues to learn the position and get stronger each time he’s out on the field, he could be a productive defensive player in the fall.
This is not to say Faton Bauta is struggling, but he needs to play better as spring practice concludes.
Bauta did not have a strong scrimmage Saturday, going 1-of-5 passing for one yard and one interception. He did not fare well in the first scrimmage a week prior, completing two of 11 passes for 20 yards and one interception.
The thing about Bauta is that he’s more of a scrambling quarterback that likes to make plays with his legs. But, he will need to have a better scrimmage this Saturday, or he could lose the backup quarterback spot.
The one player that is looking to take Bauta’s spot is Brice Ramsey, who also did not have strong showings in the scrimmage.
In the first scrimmage, Ramsey was 2-of-11 passing for 41 yards. In the second scrimmage, he was 9-of-21 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Ramsey has looked good in the practices, but when it comes to the scrimmages, he is not as accurate as he would like to be. The numbers should be better in the G-Day game which is a little more organized, but both Ramsey and Bauta need to play well to gain the confidence of the coaches.
As it was mentioned earlier, the Bulldogs will practice two more times this week before they have G-Day at Sanford Stadium. So there is still time for Drew, Terry, Bauta and Ramsey to turn things around.
Even if they don’t, there is still plenty of time for them to work on their skills before the season begins. But it would be good if they showed improvement from the time when spring practice started to the final whistle of the G-Day game, because all four players will likely play a role in the Bulldogs' quest for an SEC title in 2014.